March for Free Expression

The next phase

Monday, April 03, 2006

A letter from Reza Moradi

I really appreciate your concern.

Me, You or no one else should be even questioned for exercising our very basic civil rights - instead we are either threatened with death by Islamists or threatened with imprisonment by the law and police.

We must all stand up to this and defend our rights. Let's say they hold you responsible for this instead of me; what should I do? Sit back and watch freedom on trial? It is not about me or you per se, it is about everyone's rights - rights that have been fought for.

Dear Peter we all have to be prepared more than ever before to defend our rights. We must not be pushed back by Islamists' death threats or the UK government's police and court.

We must make this court case, a defeat for Islamists and the UK government and a victory for civilised humanity!

Hoping for your support during the campaign we are organising and for a successful outcome.

Warmest regards
Reza Moradi

9 Comments:

Blogger PubSkeptic said...

Reza,

I salute your fortitude!

Please contact me (through Peter) if you need a witness. I was the Head Steward, and saw virtually everything, as well as talking to the gentleman who complained.

I am also a councillor for the National Secular Society which will do all it can to help you as well.

Best wishes!

Nick Pullar

10:41 am  
Blogger Anonymous said...

"a defeat for Islamists and the UK government and a victory for civilised humanity!"

Couldn't agree more.

But I would like BNP Member (or any supporter of the BNP) to come and explain please why he wants Reza out of this country? And why it is that Reza cannot join the BNP? (a political party that is just as twisted in its aims as extremist Islamists...

So BNP supporters... Is Reza welcome to join your party? If not don't you think you should organise your OWN campaign for free speech? One where you can bring as many cartoons as you like and also slag off muslims in general?

Reza - great letter! Thanks. I believe there is hope and we will ultimately win.

11:12 am  
Blogger St George said...

Anonymous:

But I would like BNP Member (or any supporter of the BNP) to come and explain please why he wants Reza out of this country?

I'm not a BNP member so can't answer your question, although I would like to know from any BNP supporter if removal of Reza from this country is something they want.

I'm often told, by people opposed to the BNP, what the BNP want. I never have an opportunity to hear what they themselves actually have to say.

Shouldn't freedom of expression apply to the BNP and their supporters just as much as it does to cartoonists?

11:58 am  
Blogger Polish Solidarity with Denmark said...

"It is not about me or you per se, it is about everyone's rights - rights that have been fought for."

I suggest once more that we all turn up in the court and plead "guilty" since all of us held the banner, did we not? They can't arrest everybody (particularly now with the shortage of room space in British prisons!).
Peter, please keep us up to date on this.

1:58 pm  
Blogger TheFriendlyInfidel said...

Hi anonymous,

The BNP are a standing joke, providing that we don't let fear run out control their right wing agenda won't benefit. Best way to that is have a grown up converasion about the nature of Islam and how these poisonous people like Abu are generating all this hatred.

This needs unfettered free speech, if we don't have it people will turn to the BNP as a political platform to register their worries.

Relax, kick back and admire them in this article, I was laughing over this for months:

http://tinyurl.com/6mkzc

I must learn how to make these links clickable...

The BNP have been around for a long time, they aren't anything new, you massively over estimate their influence.

Cheers,

TFI

4:20 pm  
Blogger Ismaeel said...

Can someone tell me whether Reza is part of the Iranian communist party. If so isn't he a tad hypocritical, because if they got their way in Iran, no-one would be able to preach or learn religion- not exactly freedom of speech.

7:52 pm  
Blogger Polish Solidarity with Denmark said...

Ismaeel,
I gather you are waiting for a reply.
Here is mine and I am sepaking as someone who has experienced Communism in practice.

1. It is difficult for me to even attempt to assess their program and I still believe that Communism has many names: Stalinism, Maoism etc. I also remember the pre-war Polish Communist idealists who were ruthlessly exterminated by the pro-Soviet Communist puppets once the latter grabbed the steering wheel. In other words I am prepared to give Jawanan the benefit of the doubt.
2.
"They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up."
This poem was written by a Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller in Nazi Germany. It would be hard to imagine that he felt any affinity with Communists. Still he saw them as persecuted and this is what mattered.
3. I have found this exchange on Harry's Place blog (and I entirely agree with the response given there - it is about freedom of expression):
"Q: I have a problem with being supportive of the Iranian Communists, not because they are Iranian, but because they are Communists and not generally known to be champions of free speech or thought themselves.

A: It's always harder to support free speech of those we disagree with than of those who share our views. If we're serious about free speech, however, I don't think we have the option to pick and choose."

10:06 am  
Blogger Polish Solidarity with Denmark said...

I must admit I love what they say here and applaud them for it:

http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:yMAtbOCZLv8J:www.jawanan.org/000mohsen/000maghalat2005/2006/235/235-arash.8marz.htm+%22Communist+Youth+Organization%22+Jawanan&hl=nl&ct=clnk&cd=3

Long live 8th of March!



Against war and terror, Against Sexual Apartheid!



The necessity for women's emancipation and the importance of 8th of March, International Women's Day, is increasing every year. This year, the USA and western States with their military threat and militarism and the Islamic Republic of Iran and political Islam have made the world an insecure and scary place with their terror and menace. In this situation, International Women's Day should be the symbol of the defense of humanity and libertarianism, and opposition to any kind of war and terror from any of these reactionary poles. The world should especially be called to struggle against sexual apartheid and the dreadful situation of women in Islamist countries.



In Iran, the anti-woman Islamic Republic of Iran is ruling and is trying to militarize the society and suppress people's struggle with the threat of the atomic bomb. So 8th of March and libertarian and egalitarian demands of women and especially the struggle against Sexual Apartheid and the Islamic Veil are of greater importance. The unfolding revolution of Iran will be a “female” revolution. As 8th of March and the slogan of “Liberty of women is liberty of society” are raised with the greater power, the struggle for emancipation from the Islamic regime and establishment of freedom and equality will be stronger.



The CYO (Communist Youth Organization) identifies itself as a part of the women's emancipation global movement and will fight with all of its power in Iran and abroad for a glorious International Women's Day. In Iran we will celebrate 8th of March. Abroad we will together with the Worker-communist Party of Iran and the Organization of Women’s Liberation have activities in several countries.



We call for all libertarian youth abroad to have an active role in demonstrations and gatherings of 8th of March and invite their classmates and friends to establish a global movement against sexual apartheid and horrendous situation for women’s rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran and Islamist countries. We call on all youth in Iran to celebrate International Women's Day, writing 8th of March slogans all over the cities, distributing flyers, fighting against the Hijab and any other sexual apartheid and finally gathering in ceremonies and gatherings in universities and parks.

Long Live Women’s Freedom!

Down With the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sexual Apartheid!

Long Live Socialist Republic!

Communist Youth Organisation

25 February 2005

10:44 am  
Blogger Andrew said...

What has Reza been charged with?

3:20 pm  

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